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Old 07-11-2006, 01:41 AM   #1
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Drilling Aquarium

I have a 39 gallon aquarium that I am using for a sump and I am wondering if I could drill a hole in the side near the top for a float valve. I need to drill about a 1/2" hole to mount the float valve. If this is simple, let me know.

If there is a chance I will break it, I might opt for a different float. I have a Kent float right now, but I saw autotopoff.com has the kind that hang on the side.

Any help would be appreciated!!
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:35 AM   #2
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No don't drill it.Yes you will break it.
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:12 AM   #3
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thats not exactly true but I would also say don't drill it.
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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No don't drill it.Yes you will break it.
How did you come to this conclusion??

If the tank is not tempered it can be drilled. But there is always a risk of a tank breaking when being drilled.
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I just got through drilling a tank without breaking it, but I would opt for the hang on float in this situation. Now if you were looking to put in an overflow I would say you might want to try it. They make special glass cutting bits called diamond bits. They come in all varieties.
I used a dremel.

First I traced the hole, then I set up a constant floe of water from the water hose to run over the spot. I then used my dimaond dremel bit and made a hole through the center of my target. I then used a stiring motion and worked it to the outside until the whole was just right. My first attempt with a dremel to cut a hole and no breakage. I was sweating it though. LOL!
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Thanks guys. I think I will get a hang on float. I don't want to take a chance. If I do break the tank, it will cost me another $50 for a tank. I can pick up a hang on float for that.
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